It’s not clear whether Dawnay Day intend to go ahead with the Planning Inquiry, and we’re still waiting to hear whether they have agreed to carry out the mandatory Environmental Impact Assessment that was called for by the Government Office for London.
Letters regarding the scheme will be accepted by the Planning Inspectorate until the date of the Inquiry is announced. The Council report for the meeting on 30 July indicated that it is unlikely to be before January 2003. See below for the address.
The Planning Inspectorate has agreed that the local opposition groups, led by the Twickenham Society and including members of the Terrace Group, will be able to have a presence at the Inquiry, with the right to call and question witnesses.
An Environmental Impact Assessment covers much more than the effect a development will have on the flora and fauna in an area. It requires a thorough assessment of the social impacts, including the effect on the population, the emissions of noise and light, and the amount of water and air pollution resulting from both the construction and the operation of the development. Results have to be delivered in clear, non-technical language, and once an EIA has been ordered it must be completed and delivered before planning permission can be granted.
Information and a copy of the Guidelines on producing an EIA are on the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister’s website: